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Before there was Fox News...

Before there was Fox News…


Fox News Devoted Less Than Two Minutes To The Duggar Controversy

I’m sort of not surprised that almost half of that two minutes was Fox scolding the media for piling-on the Duggars.

Related: TPM read the police report and has analyzed it.

Petunia And Pals Wins The Morning!

And once again, the Petunia and Pals C-team (Where’s Tucker when they need him?) shows their stuff:

Honest to blog, Fox employee Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) really said that the Kenyan Usurper is a liar and doesn’t understand much of anything, including the Constitution.

That’s pretty extraordinary for anyone in the military—even retired—to call a sitting Commander-in-Chief a liar, and that he did it on Memorial Day is really an affront to decorum.

One Lump of Stupid or Two, Reince?

Reince-Stupid

Hey guys, remember the other day when obvious anagram Reince Preibus (thanks Charlie!) sort of punted his job to Fox News and told them to figure out how to handle Y’all Qaeda’s debates because he is really bad at his job?

Well Fox News has done just that and in such a way that it benefits Fox! From Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks again, Charlie):

The GOP’s debate problem
Forget about early state chicken dinners and candidate meet-and-greets. For many Republican White House hopefuls, their time might be better spent working cable TV green rooms.

Here’s the gist of it: because Fox now sets the ground rules, it turns out that the candidates with the most national name recognition will be invited to the debate, which means that the candidates who go on news shows the most are going to poll better, and will be invited. And Fox, of course, will benefit from increased eyeballs watching their shows. Win-Win!

“It’s the [Donald] Trump problem,” said Florida GOP strategist Rick Wilson. “He’s an entirely unserious candidate but one with very serious name ID.”

“Huckabee, who’s been out of office for eight years, and Carson currently rank sixth and seventh in the national polls, respectively, and thus would qualify for the first debate if it were held today. But announced and prospective candidates such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Fiorina — the only woman in the field — would not meet the threshold.”

I’m betting an Amero that somehow they will find a way to rig it such that their Rodham-Clinton defense shield Carly ‘Fire ‘Em All’ Fiorina will somehow be included. Expect to see her on every show on Fox for the next month.

Petunia and Pals Wins The Morning!

She starts off asking about how to make money off the crash:

“Amtrak is owned by the government. How does that complicate things in terms of what the passengers’ rights to claims are?”

But she doesn’t leave it alone:

“What specific claims could passengers be putting forward here? In particularly, the families of the deceased.”

But then she asks the question of the day: seat belts

“I don’t see how seatbelts could be such an extreme expense for Amtrak or for the federal government so we don’t have to worry about these things happening when situations and tragedies like this occur.”

And then she chases the ambulance for the lawyers:

“On our website is the 800 number if anybody is still looking for their family members there.”

Your Bottomless Mimosa of Stupid

Whatever you think of the Starbucks race initiative, this Ayn Rand idiot Jonathan Hoenig (Greed is Good: The Capitalist Pig Guide to Investing) is exactly why America needs to discuss race:

“Eric, there is no discussion needed on race. I resent this whole idea that America is this racist country, that we somehow have to remedy through chit-chat at Starbucks.”

“Stop identifying by your race. You’re not responsible for things that came before you, and you’re not entitled to things that came before you.”

“There’s no discussion needed on race in this country, the ones who want the discussion, in my opinion, are the racists.”

Some Fries With Your Stupid, Andrea Tantaros?

Get Off The Cross, We Need The Wood

Snow days are conspiring with Libtards to strip Xristians of holy days.

Jeebus, some people.

Petunia and Pals Wins The Morning!

“Michelle, you know it works. There are a number of mainstream media outlets who try to make people on the political right look like crazy people.”

Nothing like exploiting toddlers for political points and 15-minutes of Fox Fame.

Fox News: Minitrue without the doublethink

Bill-OTiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) has this lead story:

Fox News has the most trusted network and cable news coverage in the United States, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. But network TV is much less trustworthy than it was in the days of Walter Cronkite, American voters say.

In comparison rankings, 29 percent responded that they trust Fox News the most. CNN follows with 22 percent, CBS News and NBC News are at 10 percent, ABC News at 8 percent and MSNBC at 7 percent.

And while some might find this alarming, I am reminded that right before the fall of the Soviet Union, Pravda had similar approval ratings. It’s Baghdad Bob revisited.

That Brian Williams is disappeared in shame from NBC and History’s Greatest Reporter Bill-O (on Fox) continues to have fab rating for lying to people in their face seems like asymmetrical truthiness warfare at first, but this article on Raw Story over the weekend offers us a glimpse inside the BS Mountain that is Fox News. Ex-Fox News host Eric Burns said:

“The extreme right… they never had their own television station. When they got one, their appreciation, their audience loyalty — and I know what the audience loyalty was like when I was there — their audience loyalty soared. And so O’Reilly as the head of the cult is not held to the same standards as Brian Williams.”

“No one expects much out of O’Reilly as a Fox News host,” Burns continued. “No one expects the truth. He’s been caught in numerous lies, and those have never been a story.”

“To the Fox News cult, this kind of thing doesn’t matter. It’s a lie from the liberal media.”

So an ex-Fox guy says that the viewership is a cult (not Fox itself, and I think that is an important distinction), and as we’ve all said here for a long time, the objective truth doesn’t matter to Wingnuttia, Y’all Qaeda, and the Confederacy. These are terrified shut-ins who want their worst fears confirmed, their prejudices praised as brilliant insight, and their absolute dogmatic beliefs endorsed. And Fox News delivers. Right to their bunker.

The Morning Quote

“I thought Netanyahu’s speech was necessary, it was masterful, it was cogent, it was honest, it was inspiring.”

“And the Democrats in response — including the president — acted like snitty, bitchy high school girls.”

–Fox News strategic analyst Heather Chandler Ralph Peters.